Lingyun Zhao

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Urocortin is a member of the corticotropin-releasing hormone peptide family and is found in many discrete brain regions. The distinct expression pattern of urocortin suggests that it influences such behaviors as feeding, anxiety and auditory processing. To better define the physiological roles of urocortin, we have generated mice carrying a null mutation of(More)
Oral chemotherapy is an important topic in the 21st century medicine, which may radically change the current regimen of chemotherapy and greatly improve the quality of life of the patients. Unfortunately, most anticancer drugs, especially those of high therapeutic efficacy such as paclitaxel and docetaxel, are not orally bioavailable due to the(More)
This work evaluates the effects of paclitaxel loaded polymeric nanoparticles (NPs) composed of poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) with vitamin E TPGS as emulsifier for oral chemotherapy. NPs prepared by a modified solvent extraction/evaporation technique were observed in spherical shape of 200-300 nm diameter with a high drug encapsulation efficiency(More)
Urocortin (Ucn), a new mammalian member of the CRF family, is a candidate endogenous ligand for type 2 CRF receptors. In a survey of peripheral tissues from adult male rats, we found that Ucn messenger RNA (mRNA) was abundant in the gastrointestinal tract and immune tissues such as thymus and spleen. We next tested the hypothesis that levels of Ucn mRNA(More)
Molecular interactions between an anticancer drug, paclitaxel, and phosphatidylcholine (PC) of various chain lengths were investigated in the present work by the Langmuir film balance technique and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Both the lipid monolayer at the air-water interface and lipid bilayer vesicles (liposomes) were employed as model(More)
Molecular interactions between paclitaxel, an anticancer drug, and phospholipids of various chain unsaturations and headgroup types were investigated in the present study by Langmuir film balance and differential scanning calorimetry. Both the lipid monolayer at the air-water interface and the lipid bilayer vesicles (liposomes) were employed as model cell(More)
The four-component intramembrane protease γ-secretase is intricately linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease. Despite recent structural advances, the transmembrane segments (TMs) of γ-secretase remain to be specifically assigned. Here we report a 3D structure of human γ-secretase at 4.32-Å resolution, determined by single-particle, electron(More)
Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR) were applied to investigate effects of cholesterol component on molecular interactions between paclitaxel, which is one of the best antineoplastic agents found from nature, and dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) within lipid bilayer vesicles (liposomes), which(More)
Fe5 C2 NPs exhibit a high contrast in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), superior photoacoustic tomography improvements, and efficient photothermal therapy (PTT) due to their unique core/shell structure, with a magnetic core and carbon shell. By conjugating a new class of affinity proteins (ZHER2:342), they can target to tumor cells with low cytotoxicity,(More)
Stimuli-controlled drug delivery and release is of great significance in cancer therapy, making a stimuli-responsive drug carrier highly demanded. Herein, a multistimuli-controlled drug carrier was developed by coating bovine serum albumin on Fe5C2 nanoparticles (NPs). With a high loading of the anticancer drug doxorubicin, the nanoplatform provides a burst(More)